Monday, April 2, 2018

#SplitThisRock2018 Festival Sessions: LGBTQIA Identities

Split This Rock Poetry Festival: Poems of Provocation & Witness 2018 invites poets, writers, activists, and dreamers to Washington, DC for three days of poetry, community building, and creative transformation. The festival features readings, workshops, panel discussions, youth programming, parties, activism—opportunities to speak out for justice, build connection and community, and celebrate the many ways poetry can act as an agent for social change.

On-site registration is available every day during the festival at the festival hub: National Housing Center, 1201 15th Street, NW, Washington, DC 20005. A sliding scale of fees is available for full registration, beginning at $200. Student registration (with ID) is $75. One day passes are $85. Two-day passes are $170. 

Full festival schedule with session descriptions is available on the website The Festival Mobile App is Live! Download the free app  for iOS and Android today for easy access to the schedule, session descriptions, presenter bios, and more! Just search your app store for Split This Rock. 

We are pleased to present a selection of sessions on the themes related to LGBTQIA identities.

Sister Love: Celebrating the Letters between Pat Parker and Audre Lorde (Panel)
Presenters: Cheryl Clarke, Alexis De Veaux, Julie Enszer, Reginald Harris, JP Howard, Mecca Jamilah Sullivan
Thursday, April 19, 1:30-3 pm

American Association of University Women Room 1

Shifting & Showing Cultures: A QTPOC Poetics Ritual (Panel)
Presenters: Kay Ulanday Barrett, Sonia Guiñansaca, Rajiv Mohabir, Alan Pelaez Lopez
Thursday, April 19, 3:30-5 pm
American Association of University Women Room 1

Hacking Norms & the Contested BodyMind (Panel)
Presenters: Kay Ulanday Barrett, Travis Chi Wing Lau, Jim Ferris, Molly McCully Brown, Susannah Nevison, Jillian Weise
Friday, April 20, 1:30-3 pm
Charles Sumner School Museum & Archives Conference Room

Timeless, Infinite Light: QTIPOC POETS (Reading)
Presenters: Andrea Abi-Karam, Angel Dominguez, Jasmine Gibson, Joel Gregory, Hannah Kezema, Tatiana Luboviski-Acosta, Raquel Salas Rivera
Friday, April 20, 1:30-3 pm
American Association of University Women Room 1

Radical Traditions: tatiana de la tierra and Gloria Anzaldúa's Poetry (Panel)
Presenters: Sarah A. Chavez, Julie R. Enszer, Olga García Echeverría, Sara Gregory,
Dan Vera
Friday, April 20, 3:30-5 pm
Charles Sumner School Museum & Archives Room G-3

Fantasy As Reality: Activism and Catharsis Through Speculative Writing (Panel)
Presenters: Rita Banerjee, Marlena Chertock, Alex DiFrancesco, Christina M. Rau
Saturday, April 21, 9-10:30 am
Charles Sumner School Museum & Archives Room G-4

When I Enter: Black Queer Femme Sex, Resistance, and Survival (Reading)
Presenters: M. Saida Agostini, Xandria Phillips, Casey Lynne Rocheteau, Alison C. Rollins
Saturday, April 21, 11 am-12:30 pm
National Housing Center Room B

Writing from Where We Are: Race, Queerness, and Bearing Witness (Workshop)
Presenters: Kali Boehle-Silva, Bianca Vazquez
Saturday, April 21, 1:30-3 pm
Charles Sumner School Museum & Archives Room G-3

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